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Text Box: 2009 a Happy New Year for Spammers
Text Box: Expect a resurgence of spam this year as cyber criminals quickly adapt to new policies on "domain tasting" and design more professional-looking messages, cautions the January Spam Report published recently by security firm McAfee Inc.
The shut down of McColo Corp., a U.S.-based firm that hosted a staggering number of spam command and control centres – immediately cut spam levels by 60 per cent at the end of 2008. But the reprieve didn't last long.
Spam volumes started rising again rising and are currently just around 20 –30 per cent less than what they were prior to the McColo shutdown.
Spam will return to its original levels as spam-friendly Web hosting service providers pop up in countries eager to embrace a burgeoning Internet market, said Dave Marcus, security research and communications manager at McAfee Avert Labs in Santa Clara, Calif.
He said free Web hosting sites and blogging services will increasingly be abused by spammers in coming months.  
"With McColo offline, spammers need new ways to send spam cheaply."   
Spam is increasingly targeted at corporate executives, the McAfee report says, noting that online networks -- such as LinkedIn -- are providing hackers much more information on such high-profile persons than ever before.
Scams promoting home-based business ventures – conducted via e-mail or social networking sites – are also on the rise, McAfee's Marcus said.
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full HTML Web browser, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. There's also support for the BlackBerry App World and AT&T Navigator.

How it works: Both voice quality and talk-time battery life are excellent: In lab tests the T-Mobile 8120 lasted 10 hours. The software itself, which includes a voice-command application worked very well for dialling contacts; a couple of games; and RepliGo software for viewing, printing and faxing Microsoft Office documents.

The bottom line: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 brings a number of improvements and additions to make it a nice upgrade to the Curve 8300 series. That said, AT&T offers other QWERTY smartphones that include 3G support and for less.

BlackBerry Curve 8900

What it is: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 offers a sleeker design and a vibrant display. The smartphone features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and brings new productivity tools, a

Windows 7 - continues from Page 1

The biggest question on everyone's mind is
whether Windows 7 introduces much-needed performance improvements over Vista. We can't answer that yet, but we can say that it seems a little faster.
Throughout the OS, windows open faster, apps seem to launch more quickly, and the interface seems a little snappier than it was with my Vista installation on the same machine a few hours ago.
Startup is a bit quicker, too, getting us from power-on to fully booted in about 74 seconds, versus 87 seconds prior to the upgrade. This comparison is totally unscientific, mind you, and we'll do more extensive testing in the Test Centre soon. But our first impression was that Windows 7 generally outperformed Vista on the hardware we used

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